When she was just a toddler in Minnesota, Charlotte Haag began her love affair with art.
She started with drawing and coloring images from her brothers’ comic books. She has advanced through the years to include painting, jewelry making and crafting.
Painting is her art form of choice.
“I started painting seriously in high school and have taken a few courses through the years to learn different mediums,” Haag said.
She has been known to do everything from murals to miniature canvases. She also paints on tiles, rocks, scrabble letters, deer hide, wood and leather.
“I paint on anything I can get my hands on,” Haag said.
At the age of 90, she still does all of her painting and crafting herself, including framing, matting and drilling.
“My daughter, Charlotte, helps me carry, pack and unpack from the craft shows, and she’ll sometimes run an errand for me to buy supplies,” Haag said.
“I started with the Citrus County Craft Council in 1996,” Haag said. “I’m one of the longest serving council members, and possibly the oldest.”
Her first craft show in Citrus County was an outdoor show in front of the Publix in Homosassa. It was there that her late husband sold her first painting.
“That was a thrill to realize that people liked my work enough to buy it,” Haag said. “The only shows I participate in now are the Craft Council shows. They are well-attended and offer me enough exposure.”
Charlotte and her husband raised a family of five children. One of the ways she kept them busy during the long, cold winter months was to draw a picture on a wall, like a lighthouse scene. Then she would let the kids go ahead and paint it, thereby instilling the love of art in her children. Her daughter, Charlotte said, “The only rule was that we were not allowed to paint on each other!”
After living in Citrus County for 40 years, Haag has cultivated many close friendships. She remains active by playing cards twice a week, and going to church, among other activities, which she is still able to drive to.
Feeling fortunate to have so many wonderful friends, she said, “you have to be a friend to have a friend.”
Her artistic endeavors have been a fun thing for her to do during her retirement years. At this advanced age, she has developed a tremor in her hands. Ironically, when she holds a paintbrush to the piece she is working on, the tremors stop, and she is able to make her intricate, miniature painting. According to Haag, “It is like God is holding my hand.”
Haag will be at the Citrus County Craft Council’s 30th annual Winter Wonderland Craft Show held from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the National Guard Armory, 8551 W. Venable St., Crystal River.
The show is full, so some crafters will also be outside. Food trucks will be onsite for shoppers who work up an appetite. The charity to benefit from raffles held during the show is Nature World Wildlife Rescue. Admission and parking are free.
For more information, visit www.citruscountycraftcouncil.org.